Wow, Noah, where's your ark?!? Boy is it ever coming down out there. I heard a forecast for over 5 inches tonight. Flooding is happening to the north and south of us. Good thing we don't need to go out tonight. Yikes.
Ok, now is a good time to put in a plug for Mel's Mix. 5 inches of rain in 5 hours will turn most beds into soup. Not Mel's Mix. It drains like a sink and holds water like a sponge. If a picture would have taken out outside right now I'd show you the puddle next to my open bed, and my bed just sitting their moist and happy. Worth every penny!
I know I'm changing topics with little to no segue, but I think I'm zoning in on a replacement for my Early Girl slicer. I was really hoping for something slightly larger than Early Girl, which didn't cover a bun well for BBQs, but what my good buddy Carolyn suggested may be the best alternative. She asked if I wanted to try Bloody Butcher.
Looking it up on the net and it was compared on Baker Creek directly to Early Girl as far as size, time to maturity and yield, but apparently BB is much better tasting. Interesting. I was kind of hoping for something bigger though.
Another possiblitiy is a good old Brandywine. It's not an early variety, maturing a full month after Bloody Butcher, but it's an indeterminate that grows to about a pound each with excellent flavor. Apparently a friend of my brother's grows these every year and they matured even last year. If I grew these, I'd want to start them inside ASAP to let them grow as much as possible before I transplanted into the SWC. Or maybe I could even transplant after two months like normal into an SWC that I keep inside until the last frost date. That's a pretty good idea, hehe. Ok, so I am not as close as I thought I was. Grrr.
Speaking of tomatoes, as I type this post, Kelly asked why Territorial thought Stupice may not be the best slicing tomato. For this answer, I'll actually quote the representative I've been corresponding with: "Stupice will not be as productive and the fruit will not be as large as Early Girl (at least from my experiences) but
it is a great open-pollinated, early maturing variety that has a good flavor."
Also while I was composing this post, my brother called to say he was going through his catalog and seed bin, figuring out what he's going to grow this year. He called to bemoan the fact that he only has 80 SF of beds. I told him the answer was simple, build more beds. He plans to actually. I think I've told you that his plan is to rip out 3 junk bush/trees on the side of his driveway against an east-facing fence and double his bed space. Better do that soon, hehe.
Well, the wind's whipping and the it's raining cats and dogs, so time to curl up under a blanket with a good book, or seed catalog. Are you getting excited yet?